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Eloquent Ji Xiaolan Gets New Sequel

http://www.chinese.cn 09:45, December 24, 2009 CRI Online

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Ji Xiaolan,Zhang Guoli,Zhang Tielin,Wang Gang
"Eloquent Ji Xiaolan" costarring "iron triangle",Zhang Guoli, Zhang Tielin, and Wang Gang bring out its fourth installment.

Loyal fans of "Eloquent Ji Xiaolan", the hit TV series that started ten years ago, will continue their fun-filled journey with the leads. The drama, which tells the story of quick-witted scholar Ji Xiaolan of the Qing court, has gotten its fourth installment. Lead actors were on hand at the promotion ahead of the release.

Scriptwriter Zou Jingzhi, was accompanied by lead actors Zhang Guoli, Zhang Tielin, and Wang Gang, as well as returning lead actress Yuan Li to attend the release ceremony. Hong Kong actress Miriam Yueng, who is a newcomer to the series, was also on hand.

From the first installment to the fourth, the TV series has gone through ten years. Over that time, the three male leads have become known as the "iron triangle", for their ability to ring in audience ratings. Zhang Guoli, the foremost lead who plays the grand scholar, got sentimental as he traced back the series' past decade.

Zhang Guoli, Actor, said, "The series has been on the air for ten years. Almost every night there is a satellite TV station somewhere playing the show. It is the most aired TV series in China. The funny stories that take place among the lead characters are soothing entertainment for those who work hard all day and get back home late. We are the guys who accompany the audience members to help them have fun. So making this fourth installment, I think is a meaningful thing."

Wang Gang is the actor that plays the role He Shen, a corrupt minister who frequently finds himself in a battle of wits with Ji Xiaolan. He says he wouldn't play beyond the second installment. But, he is still among the cast.

Actor Wang Gang said, "I was a bit bored after the second installment. And the passion for creation faded. So I thought about quitting. But I couldn't afford to leave these old friends. Especially, for this installment, Yuan Li comes back, new ones coming too. So I still want to continue the play with them."

Emperor Qianlong's impersonator, Zhang Tielin was active at the press conference. Zhang is fairly good at calligraphy, which is quite apt for his role since Qianlong was a superb calligrapher. Zhang wielded the brush often throughout the TV series. When the host asked the whereabouts of some calligraphy work he wrote on the TV series, he joked that Zhang Guoli has looted his private property.

"Eloquent Ji Xiaolan four" will be aired on Beijing TV.